AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Hundreds are gathering at the Texas Capitol for a rally against same-sex marriage, headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.READ MORE: Dozens Of Homes Were Evacuated Due To Wildfire In Central Texas
A gay marriage opponent, Moore instructed Alabama’s state probate judges to refuse marriage licenses for gay couples despite a federal court ruling that Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
Monday afternoon, Moore encouraged Texas lawmakers to stand up to the federal government, adding that “state courts have equal authority.”READ MORE: Greenhill Seniors Lee Dort And Noah Shelby To Continue Unique Bond At Vanderbilt University
Texas voters supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2005.
The Defense of the Texas Marriage Amendment Rally is one of two events opposing same-sex marriage held in Austin on Monday.
Meanwhile, at a nearby church, Equality Texas kicked-off Family Advocacy Day with lunch and an ice cream social. It was lobbying lawmakers in support of gay marriage.MORE NEWS: 3 Teens Killed In Double Murder-Suicide Near Houston, Sheriff Says
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